Reno, Mobile and Visalia all stand at 2-1 through three games while Kane County has yet to taqste victory at 0-3.
3 Stars: Fidel Pena, Visalia 3 for 4, 3 R, 1 DBL, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI
2 Stars: Marty Herum, Kane County 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR (1), 1 RBI
1 Stars: Yoan Lopez, Mobile 6 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 ER, L (0-1)
0 Stars: Steve McQuail, Kane County 0 for 4, 3 K
AAA: Reno 7 @ Albuquerque 3. Justin Marks had a respectable performance going 5 innings allowing 3 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits with 6 strikeouts. The offense was plenty good scoring twice in the 3rd and 4 times in the 5th that featured a 2-run homer by Nick Evans. Danny Dorn had 2 hits including a triple and 2 RBI. The Reno bullpen was excellent with 4 shutout innings by Willy Paredes, J.C. Ramirez and Jake Barrett who earned his first save of the year.
AA: Mobile 1 @ Birmingham 2. The professional debut performance by Yoan Lopez was a success as he got through 6 innings on 82 pitches allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk. The offense wasn't able to make that a winning performance as they only scratched out 1 run on 5 hits. Tom Belza and Zach Borenstein each had 2 knocks with an extra base hit each. On a more interesting note Andrew Barbosa made his AA debut as a reliever and struck out 4 over 2 innings. Maybe he can stay healthy pitching in relief, something he hasn't been able to do as a starter. Keep an eye on him as someone who could move fast from here depending on health.
A+: Visalia 5 High Desert 6. The undefeated season came to an end in Game 3 as the Rawhide was nipped by one. Blayne Weller was more than respectable allowing 3 runs (2 earned) over 6 innings on 6 hits and a walk while striking out 7. However subsequent reliever Nickolas Sarianides wasn't so good giving up 3 runs in the 8th that put High Desert in front for good. Fidel Pena had a big game at the plate going 3 for 4 with a double, a home run and an RBI. Domingo Leyba was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and is hitting .429 to start the season.
A: Kane County 3 Cedar Rapids 5. The Cougars remain winless as the more heralded prospect in the Montero trade didn't fare well allowing 5 runs over 5 innings. The somewhat anemic offense was led by Marty Herum's 3-hit night that included a home run.